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Our human body is still one of the greatest mysteries of this world. A countless number of hours has already been spent in studying it, but a lot of our body parts are still a mystery until now. Their mysterious existence still eludes explanation even with the help of the most advanced technology available to humans right now.

From the moment a baby is conceived until its birth, some changes are constantly happening inside the womb. And, as the baby develops into a grown up man, still a lot of mysterious events occur inside its body. One of the most obvious is the fusion of a child’s bone. A baby has more than 300 bones at birth, but only 206 of them remains at the time that child turns into an adult.

The objective of this article is to let you know some exciting and impressive parts of the human body.

The body’s window

The human eye is said to be the window of the human body. It enables us to see the beauty of things around us. As simple as it looks, yet our eye is one of the most unusual parts of our body. First, as the rest of our body parts grow either in length, weight or width, our eyes are the only parts of our body that don’t change. The size of our eyes will remain unchanged from birth to death. Also, the cornea, a transparent part of the eye covering the pupil and the iris is the only body part that doesn’t have blood circulating in it. Next, the eyes are so amazing that it can see a candle light at a distance of 14 miles. The eye also blinks by its own if it sees something about to hit it. Lastly, our eyes blink at an average of 27,397 times each day. Now beat that!

The body’s engine

Our body will die if its ultimate machine–the heart–stops working. To have an idea of how big your heart is, imagine how big your fist was when you were still a child. Your fist during your childhood days is just as big as your heart. But as we grow older, our heart grows to almost the size of our two fists folded together. It may be relatively small compared to our body’s size, yet it can do great things. First, our heart beats approximately 100,000 times each day. That is a whopping 35,000,000 heartbeats in one year. In a lifetime, an average person will have 2.5 billion heart beats! What a feat!

A lot of puzzles

Each and every part of our body is unique. Every organ is placed correctly on their specific spots so that they can do their part. Each one does amazing things we could never have imagined. Although our body is made up of various parts, yet all of them functions as one. From our head to our toe, many amazing things are taking place in a synchronized manner. In fact, we don’t know that this stuff is happening.

The more we know about our body, the more it becomes mysterious to us. It seems that no genius is capable of solving the greatest puzzle of all time–the human body. Truly, our body is one of the most major works of art: a masterpiece.

The Philippines is one of the many unique countries in the world. Aside from its more or less 3,107 astounding islands, the country is also home to a collection of divergent cultural practices. History tells us that Filipinos were no stranger to foreign influences. They have suffered and endured a myriad of treachery, hardships, and deception during several previous attempts aimed at dislodging their sovereignty. Although several colonizers did not succeed in their campaigns, those who did left indelible footprints for the later generation of Filipinos to follow.

To start with, early Chinese merchants regularly crossed a vast expanse of the sea dividing China and the Philippines at the height of trading between the two countries. Later, this mere trading of goods resulted into an exodus, which brought a considerable number of Chinese settlers to the Philippines. Along with this movement came new cultural practices that would later prove significant to the lives of the early Filipinos.

Next, the Philippines had also been under the Spanish rule for more than three centuries, not to mention the short but significant Japanese invasion of the Philippines at the height of World War II. These events, great and small, have somehow helped shape a nation.

A cultural imprint

It is undeniable that each time the Philippines is under foreign control, Filipinos were not only forced to follow ‘unfamiliar paths’, but new traditions and cultural practices as well. It is apparent, however, that Filipinos, instead of repelling those paths as anybody would have thought of doing (i.e. Aztecs vs the Spanish colonizers), have indeed embraced a substantial amount of their colonizers’ way of life. Many traditions have been deeply assimilated in the Filipino lifestyle as a result.

An unseen truth

If there is one thing Filipinos are popular of in other parts of the world, it is their hospitality. It seems that Filipinos are born with it. Contrary to popular beliefs, though, the tradition that the Filipinos are known for is purely not Filipino at all. Hospitality is a thing of the Chinese. Strong family ties are not uncommon to traditional Chinese. As time passes by, this tradition did not go unnoticed by the Filipinos. The practice that bonds family members together was later extended by the Filipinos to the people outside the family as well.

There are still other practices attributed to the Filipinos that are simply not Filipino. The Christmas celebration, debt of gratitude, and the (slowly dying) practice called “bayanihan” are but a few examples. These traditions that have found their way into the heart of the Filipinos were not practiced in the country until somebody brought them in.

The lingering shadow of the past

After a long history of being under the influence of different cultures, the Philippines has become a melting pot of many traditions. These traditions helped shape the country and the Filipino people in general. Some traditions have evolved while some remain unchanged. Nevertheless, majority of the Filipinos have practiced these traditions faithfully that it already became part of their lives. Lastly, these traditions have anchored the Filipinos to the ground they are standing at right now.

The immaculate white sands that line the seashores of the island of Boracay are like tiny stars lifted down from the sky and laid down perfectly on where they are right now. It is a true gift of nature that awes if not mystifies its observers. Considered as one of the most stunning beaches in the world, Boracay Island is the Philippines’ number one summer get-away. It not only converge people of all races, it also provides calm to a stressed spirit.

Humble beginnings

The name ‘Boracay’ has many origins, depending on whom you are to ask. But the most famous among all the legends is that the name ‘Boracay’ came from a local dialect ‘borac’ which means ‘cotton.’ The name of the island is a fitting description to the beauty of its unrivaled white sands.

Unknown to most people, the blinding whiteness of Boracay Island’s white sand beaches were once home to the “Ati’s” – a tribe native to the Philippines having black skin and curly hair. They are considered as the ancestors of the Filipinos. The color of an “Ati” provides a perfect contrast to the glistening white sands of Boracay.

A peace disrupted

The native inhabitants of Boracay Island once lived there in peace and in accordance with nature. The accord was disrupted, however, when an enterprising wealthy couple started acquiring large chunks of the island, turning them into a private property. They cultivated the land lining them with coconuts and other fruit-bearing trees. Other people with the same interests further divided the island into themselves. This event made the natives a stranger to their own land.

Paradise discovered

A few decades later, in 1970, the island was introduced into the world when it was made into a location of an international film. This caught the attention of backpackers from all over the world. Tourism slowly started to alter the island’s landscape from a tranquil abode into a place teeming with people of different colors. The island became a favorite venue for vacationers and businessmen alike. Its beachfront is not only dotted with trees, but also with prominent structures such as hotels, restaurants, and cottages. Its waters are filled with almost all kinds of water sport facilities providing vacationers the thrill of their lives. The fun never seems to stop in the while-lined island of Boracay.

Paradise lost?

As time goes by, Boracay Island’s reputation as a world-class tourist destination is cemented anywhere in the world. An endless flood of tourists can be seen enjoying the beauty of Boracay beaches round the clock. As people come to the island to enjoy, however, not all of them seem to care for it. A variety of garbage thrown by whoever is guilty is now slowly ruining the beauty of the once shining shores of the island. The island’s wildlife is also slowly suffering from the disturbance brought about by the inquisitive activities of many tourists.

As quickly as it became famous, it is not far from the truth that the island’s beaches will also quickly become one of the most awful and most polluted beaches in the world in no time. Surely, a time will come for the island to become just part of history. A time when people can only visit the once stunning island in a book, a paradise lost.

A New Identity

Marriage, as a universal practice, has been around since time immemorial and was already known for its many faces. Recently, however, marriage has yet again gained another notoriety.

World View

Every culture in the world has beliefs regarding marriage. For instance, there are some who believe that marriage is not meant solely for procreation purposes. Instead, they accept that marriage indicative of love should also be granted—regardless of sex. Although the practice is as old as civilization itself, it is just recently that it has gone mainstream.

For some, marriage is simply an evasion of life’s inequities, thus, prompting them to hop on a married bandwagon without even thinking the price they are going to pay. There are also those who believe that marriage is a guarantee that they will not live their lives in solitude as they grow older; plain companionship if you will. The true essence of marriage in this regard is not easy to determine. It looks as if that the true essence of marriage provides more questions rather than definitive answers.

Underlying Motives

There are a lot of motives that could lead into marriage. The most common ones are love, religious beliefs, and financial motives.

Although love between two opposite sexes still appears to be the greatest motive for marriage, it is now slowly turning into a thing of the past. Today, a lot of men are forced to marry a woman because of inevitable circumstances. One of these is pregnancy. It is one of the most common things happening in our society today. Forced marriage by far is also the number one cause of broken marriages.

Whatever motive is there behind every marriage, it is assumed that the man and the woman or partners so to speak should understand and support each other in whatever way they can.

Man’s Will Versus Sanctity of Marriage

Under the divine and natural laws, marriage, in its unadulterated sense is a union between a man and a woman with the sole purpose to procreate. It is made possible by rites unique to every culture. The rites performed, however, cannot guarantee a lifelong tie between partners. Some marriage is lasting, but some breaks even before the rites have commenced. In other words, will is still and forever will be a threat to the sanctity of marriage.

Many religious groups around the world including Muslims and Christians believe in the sanctity of marriage. It is a must for these groups that a man and a woman should be married first before living together under the same roof. As a norm for these groups, without the sanctity of marriage, the act of living together by opposite sexes, taking the life of  husband and wife, is against both moral and divine laws.

Society also plays an important role in marriage. Matrimony is supposed to be a choice. But for some, they simply cannot choose despite the presence of numerous options. This is because their marriage has already been arranged. Many cultures still hold on to this kind of practice. More often than not, this practice is done out of financial security. This completes the trinity of the purpose of marriage—procreation, love, and pride. I am not in the right position to judge, anyway.

At the End of the Day

Marriage is designed to make partners become one with each other. Marriage is a lifetime commitment. There is no such thing as half marriage or partially married for that matter. Couples who have carried on with their married life until the end are the ones who have fully understood the true essence of marriage.